TEN POINT PLAN FOR A GREEN INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION’
BUILDING BACK BETTER, SUPPORTING GREEN JOBS, AND ACCELERATING OUR PATH TO NET ZERO
November 2020 saw the UK government release their “ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution”, their aim – “to turn the UK into the world’s number one centre for green technology and finance, laying the foundations for decades of economic growth by delivering net zero emissions in a way that creates jobs and allows us to carry on living our lives”.
These changes will influence industries up and down the country, especially the automotive industry. The move to electric vehicles has just been accelerated by 10 years, previously planned for 2040 – we will now see the UK ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars/vans in 2030. Although, the sale of hybrid cars and vans that can drive a significant distance with no carbon coming out of the tailpipe will also be allowed until 2035. From 2030 onwards, all vehicles sold are required to have a significant zero emissions capability (e.g. plug-in and full hybrids) and be 100% zero emissions from 2035.
A “support package of £2.8 billion demonstrates our continued faith in British car manufacturing as the backbone of UK industry in the West Midlands, Wales and the North, bringing jobs and investment back into the UK whilst simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the air we breathe.”.
Investments will be made into the public transport sector, accelerating the transition to more active and sustainable rail and bus services. A promise to fund thousands of zero-emission buses transforming the face of the sector and dramatically reducing the harmful emissions produced by the industry. It was announced that 2021 would see an investment of £120 million to begin the introduction of at least 4,000 more British built zero-emission buses. Investments of £4.2 billion into city public transport were announced by the Prime Minister in February 2020, as well as £5 billion on buses, cycling and walking.
Automotive and public transport are not the only industries to be directly affected by these changes. Investments in Offshore windfarms, carbon capture technology, zero-emission aircrafts and advanced nuclear power – are among the changes looking to be implemented across the UK. For further insight into the upcoming plans, take a look at the PDF released last year.